If Disney+ and Netflix weren’t enough, Sony announces that they would be releasing a streaming service that will allow its subscribers to stream movies and shows.
Starting from a leak, a logo for “PlayStation Plus Video Pass” was published in Sony’s official website along with the description on its Polish website, which is now removed, that says:
A new benefit available for a limited time on PlayStation Plus… PS Plus Video Pass is a trial service active 22.04.21 – 22.04.22. The subscription benefit is available to PS Plus users in Poland.
After the accident, Sony was quick to confirm that the feature is live and publicly tested right now however, the catch is, it’s only available in Poland.
In an interview with Spider’s Web, Sony’s global head of subscriptions, Nick Maguire explained that Poland was chosen for testing due to the large base of players found within the country. Additionally, Polish players stand out in terms of their “commitment and activity in the network and social media” and their use of VoD platforms.
Consoles like the PlayStation 4 and 5 have long hosted apps for on-demand video services like Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video and more. Seeing as these platforms have been on the market for a while now, Video Pass isn’t really equipped to compete with them as of this moment.
Not that Sony is really trying to compete with other streaming heavyweights, instead, the company’s promise of free movie and TV is mostly a bonus to incentivise paying for a subscription service that offers access to 100GB of cloud storage as well as monthly access to a selection of free, downloadable games.
Moreover, if you’re wondering when the Video Pass will be released to the res of the world, well, it seems that it won’t be anytime soon. Maguire has also shared with Spider’s Web that Sony plans to run its Video Pass testing in Poland for a year, after which the company will review its finding.
Although it is still unsure whether the new feature will actually hit other markets or not, this new streaming service will be another platform to binge-watch our favourite Sony Pictures made shows.
This news is significant in the sense that Disney+ in the US has closed a deal to bring Spider-Man home to the house of mouse’s streaming service.